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Obama details capital gains, dividend tax plans

August 14, 2008 |  8:41 pm

Sen. Barack Obama's campaign on Thursday spelled out the details of the Democratic presidential candidate’s tax plan on his website and in an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal.

I just wanted to note the basic proposals for capital gains and dividend tax rates here:

--- Families with incomes below $250,000 would pay current capital gains rates (a maximum tax of 15% on gains on assets held more than one year). Those earning more than $250,000 would face an increase -- a top rate of 20%.

--- The top dividend tax rate would remain the current 15% for those earning less than $250,000, but would rise to 20% for those earning above that threshold.

--- For single people, the tax increases above would apply to those earning more than $200,000.

The presumptive Republican nominee, Sen. John McCain, has endorsed keeping President Bush’s current tax rates as they are.